Rachel Ashwell’s dreamy shabby chic home is up for grabs in Los Angeles – Rob Report
If you’re a fan of the shabby chic aesthetic, this particular list is sure to make your heart flutter. Owned by Rachel Ashwell — the British-born mastermind behind the iconic decor brand — this charming home is now on the market in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood for the first time in 16 years, completing a practical, yet cozy, amount of space. Atmosphere, cozy aesthetic and of course lots of white paint.
The 64-year-old who coined the term design in the late 1980s — and went on to launch an eponymous home furnishings company — is asking just under $7 million for the English country-style villa, which she bought for $4.15 million. Back in October 2007.
Located near the Santa Monica coast, and just steps from the Brentwood Country Mart, the light blue cream stucco structure was built in the early 1930s. Since being beautifully updated and decorated by Ashwell in her signature style, the residence contains four bedrooms and three bathrooms in just over 12,500 square feet of open-concept living space decorated throughout with hardwood floors, antique light fixtures, half-painted walls, and a mix of coffered ceilings. With wooden and shiny panels.
Set in the middle of a flat lot spanning a quarter-acre, the two-story house is fronted by a driveway that leads through a trellis gate before emptying at a covered porch, with a gated driveway on the side. Once inside, the entrance hall flows into a cozy formal living room with a brick fireplace featuring a wood-beamed mantle, and a shared family room and dining area connect to a galley-style kitchen equipped with a diagonal tile backsplash, open shelving, a farmhouse sink and newer stainless appliances.
Elsewhere on the main floor is an office space and an en-suite bedroom with its own entrance. Three additional bedrooms upstairs include two that share a bathtub, plus a quiet primary suite equipped with double balconies, a wallpapered dressing area, and a spa-like bath illuminated by a pedestal sink, deep soaking tub, and walk-in shower. .
In addition to picturesque gardens and towering trees, the private grounds also host a herb garden surrounding a heated saltwater pool and spa, as well as numerous locations ideal for relaxation and outdoor entertaining. There’s also a separate structure dubbed “The Barn,” which is actually a converted two-car garage with a full bathroom that could easily be used as an artist studio, office, or guest house.
The listing belongs to Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman.
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